OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder, is a common and difficult condition characterised by intrusive thoughts which produce worry and the compulsive desire to carry out repetitive behaviours aimed at reducing anxiety. OCD symptoms can range from mild to severe, and can really impact upon our mental health and ability to enjoy life. Recovery from OCD is possible, however.
By picking this book up you've taken the first stride. Now, using the STEP system - a structured, CBT-based approach that delivers both support and proven techniques for combating obsessive thoughts - you can begin to transform your daily life. Written by an expert author with many years of clinical experience, this book will help you get a better understanding of your OCD, take practical steps to progress to a healthier, happier outlook - without fear of setbacks or relapse.
ABOUT THE SERIES
Everyone feels overwhelmed sometimes. When that happens, you need clarity of thought and practical advice to progress beyond the problem. The How To Deal With series provides structured, CBT-based solutions from health professionals and top experts to help you deal with issues thoroughly, once and for all. Short, easy to read, and very reassuring, these books are your first step on a pathway to a happier future. They are perfect for self-directed use and are designed so that medical professionals can prescribe them to patients.
Dr Elizabeth Forrester is an independent Consultant Clinical Psychologist. As a research therapist in a post funded by the Wellcome Trust at the University of Oxford, she worked for several years with Professor Paul Salkovskis before taking up the post of Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders & Trauma (South London & Maudsley NHS Trust) where she specialised in the treatment of OCD and related difficulties. In addition to her regular clinical work, supervision and teaching engagements, Dr Forrester has made several contributions to national media including House of Obsessive-Compulsives on Channel 4 television, a Radio 4 Woman's Hour feature on hoarding and various publications.